Recap: AGM/Morning Mixer

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On Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 9-11am, PAONE hosted its AGM/Morning Mixer at OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West in Toronto.

Thanks to all those who were able to attend. For those unable to attend, we’re hoping you’ll be able to add your voices into the mix and answer the four questions we posed to attendees. Please find those questions here.

We are also opening up our 2016/17 Conference content to our members/participants and have put out a request for proposals. Please find information about the RFP here. (Note the deadline is Dec. 1, 2016).

Please find below a recap of the morning’s AGM and the minutes from the meeting:

Excerpt of Chair, Patty Jarvis’ opening remarks:

It was a year of challenges for the PAONE Board as we continue to struggle as a volunteer-run organization with what was, this year, a group of over-extended volunteers. We have looked honestly at our processes over the past several years and realized that we have not really created opportunities that easily invite participation beyond attending our conferences. In order to build on our strengths we need to work more meaningfully with our members. This means being more inclusive and open and also representing disciplines and types of arts education work equitably. We will be looking to our members to help us do that in the coming year.

The climate for arts education is changing. As the Ontario Arts Council merges its Arts Education and Community Engagement offices, as the Toronto Arts Council explores its role in supporting arts education, as the Canada Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation’s strategic plans emphasize “impact” and community support – we are all involved in a period of great change within the arts community. Artist educators and the practice of arts education from the professional arts community has a huge role to play in where arts organizations are going.

Recap of our year’s activities:

Conferences: The goal of our one-day conferences is to provide support for individuals responsible for the development and implementation of arts education programs for their respective organizations. We aim to: provide meaningful networking and PD opportunities, address specific challenges and successes in the field, broaden PAONE’s reach to arts educators and administrators beyond the GTA, build support for increased resource sharing/best practices within the field, support new and emerging arts education administrators. (Watch highlights from our conferences here.)

Research Club: We started a research club, because we think this is the next step in terms of professionalization in our industry. Our hope was that participation in the Research Club would not only bolster the work our members do every day, but will have an impact on our field as a whole, allowing us to advocate collectively by engaging in research. We looked at the following questions: What makes good research? How can research inform our practices? What are the gaps in the field? How might these be addressed? What are the questions that are emerging for you? What are you curious about?

Social: Holiday Drinks – December 10, 2015 (Distillery District)

Administration: We hired Lindsay Zier-Vogel to support PAONE in the administration of our programming and resources. Her work has allowed us to build a much stronger website, solidify our communication and build our membership, particularly with those outside of the GTA.

Videos: We also hired Nicholas Bradford-Ewart, a filmmaker, to document our conferences in February and April to help us engage our members who were unable to attend in person and provide all of us with a reference point to which we can return. (Watch videos here.)

Please find the full AGM minutes here: 2015.16 AGM – Oct 19 16 Meeting minutes

Oct. 19, 2016: PAONE’s Morning Mixer & AGM ~ Save The Date

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SAVE THE DATE: The 2016 PAONE Morning Mixer & AGM is fast-approaching. Meet your colleagues and friends in the sector!

Wednesday October 19, 2016
OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Time and details TBA

Check back here for more information soon.